Lloyd Byars, professor emeritus of organizational behavior at Georgia Tech College of Management, recently died after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Byars, 69, died peacefully at home surrounded by family. He retired from the College in 2008.
A native of Rome, Georgia, Byars earned a BS in electrical engineering and an MS in industrial management from Georgia Tech before earning his PhD in business from Georgia State University. He served as interim dean of the College of Management in the late 1990s.
He co-authored a number of books, including Human Resource Management, Management: Theory and Application, Strategic Management: Planning and Implementation: Concepts and Cases, and Supervision: Key Link to Productivity, Personnel Management: Concepts and Applications, Readings in Personnel Management, and The Management of Enterprise.
His research appeared in Planning Review, Journal of Accountancy, Managerial Planning, Supervisory Management among others. He served on the editorial review board of Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Management Case Studies, and Journal of Systems Management.
Byars was a labor arbitrator for 40 years, culminating in an appointment to the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Arbitrators. He arbitrated cases in Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean.
He is survived by Linda Byars, his wife of 41 years; his mother, Lula Byars; his brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Elizabeth Byars; his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Ed Ross; his daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Alfie Means; his son, Lee Byars; and his grandchildren, Jack Henry and Ashlen Ross.
Donations in his honor may be made to Eternal Hope in Haiti (Attn: Giving, PO Box 307 Hoschton, GA 30548) or online at www.eternalhopeinhaiti.org.